Enrollment numbers for the academic year show changes in the number of students enrolled in campus programs.
There was an increase in the number of new students in the music, dance, theater, and nursing schools and a decrease in the enrollment for the School of Law. The number of students in the arts and sciences and business schools stayed the same as previous years.
“Those programs showing an increase are just a result of the goals of those programs,” said Kevin Windholz, vice president of enrollment management. “Those growing, like the nursing school, have a high demand.”
This year’s freshmen, a class of about 320 students, has an average ACT score of 25 and an average GPA of 3.75, which is higher than previous classes. More than half of this class is from out of state.
Additionally the performing arts programs have been aiming to increase enrollment.
“The dance, theater and music schools have been wanting to grow their programs and they do that with their national reputation that has taken years to create,” Windholz said.
Students in the theater school are happy to see their program expand.
“I think it’s really great, not just for new students but for graduating students, because they know they studied at a school that’s still thriving and growing,” said Franny Harms, acting junior. “More students also means we will have more funding and maybe more new professors to learn from.”
Some programs didn’t see much change from previous years.
“For those programs that haven’t grown this year, it’s just because the demand is the same,” Windholz said.
Editor’s note: This story ran in The Campus newspaper on Aug. 24 with incorrect information. It stated that the nursing school has increased demand due to the accredited physician assistant program, but the nursing school is not involved with the PA program. We apologize for this mistake and a correction will be ran in the Aug. 31 issue of The Campus.